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Statement by the British Dietetic Association on their updated sustainable diets policy

The British Dietetic Association’s newly updated policy statement on Sustainable Diets sets out a commitment to the importance of sustainability in the day to day practice of dietitians. They advocate for a reduction of red and processed meat in the UK diet, to be replaced by appropriate plant based proteins such as beans and pulses.

The statement also supports efforts to encourage people to consume only sustainably sourced fish, and to increase their intake of fruit and vegetables.

The BDA will be developing a toolkit designed to help dietitians put the policy into practice, which will be published in 2018.

For more information and to read the statement, see here.

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